ritain is set to enjoy ‘long sunny spells’ as hot as Portugal over the bank holiday weekend as the drought continues.
The widespread sunshine on Sunday and Monday will only be dimmed by isolated showers on Saturday, in “average” conditions holidaymakers can rely on, the Met Office said.
Temperatures are on track to peak at 24C in London, well below the recent heat wave of 40C in the UK, although it’s as hot as Lisbon in Portugal.
The 10 regions of England still in drought conditions will remain “very, very dry”, the Met Office said, in a period set for Reading and Leeds festivals and Notting Hill Carnival.
Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said ‘the west is best’ for those looking for the sunniest weather, in the West Country and Wales, although London is expected to be the warmest.
“There will be decent sunny spells throughout the weekend and a warm feeling in the sun, with temperatures generally in the low to mid 20s in England and Wales and between the 20s and 20C in the north,” he told the PA news agency.
“Saturday will be mostly dry and settled with high pressures dominating the picture.
“Although there will be a mix of sunny spells and a chance of a few showers scattered across England and Wales over the course of Saturday, these showers will be mostly light.
“Sunday is mostly sunny and dry with lots of sunny spells, slightly above average temperatures in the south, so a warm feeling in the sun.
“We are seeing cloudier skies in the North West of Scotland with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.
“For Bank Holiday Monday itself, it is still mostly cloudy in the far North West of Scotland with a low chance of scattered rain, elsewhere mostly sunny and dry with many sunny spells.
“It will be a case where the west is best.
“There is a little easterly wind, nothing unpleasant, so more cloudy skies on the North Sea coast.”
Tens of thousands of revelers will attend festivals in Reading and Leeds between Friday and Sunday, with rapper Dave and the Arctic Monkeys among the headliners.
Meanwhile, the Notting Hill Carnival in west London will return from Saturday to Monday for the first time since the pandemic, with two million people expected to celebrate.
Torrential downpours hit the UK this week after the UK’s second summer heatwave amid a yellow thunderstorm warning, with parts of Essex seeing more than an inch of rain in just one hour.
But on Wednesday the UK had just 46% of the average total rainfall for August.
Ongoing dry weather has seen drought declared across swathes of England, with parched grass and struggling crops, drying up streams and low river, reservoir and aquifer levels, and watering bans for millions of people as heat waves increased demand for water.
Forecasters have yet to spot an extended period of above-average rainfall needed to end the drought.